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17 Feb 2019
- New page: Why I use and recommend Findmypast. Note their 15% loyalty discount; new and improved features of the site; records that are not available anywhere else online; etc.
- Added 1,000 names to the Insanity and Unsound Mind pages, which now have over 20,000 names from 55 series of records.
- Added more names of Neglected Children. The list includes children from Queensland and other States.
- Added more names to Photos and Sketches of People. The images (found in various archival record series) are accompanied by biographical or historical details.
- Added more names to Missing Friends. The original records have superb details for family history.
- Added a few names to the Illegitimate Index (from original records, other than a birth certificate, that name the father of an illegitimate child). Before you check the list of names, read the explanations at the top of the page and under 'Copying Service'.
- Added more tips and links to DNA Tests for Genealogy.
- Entries for my latest prize draw close at 8am (AEST) on 22 March 2019.
- If you want to receive my free email newsletter, please check that you successfully subscribed (since 30 Jan 2019) to the new version. My old mailing list will be deleted because of changes to privacy laws.
- I created a new logo for my Web pages with my Dad's 'birthplace pedigree chart'.
30 Jan 2019
21 Nov 2018
- While I'm busy clearing out and preparing to sell my parents' property, you may receive automated replies to some emails. To make matters worse, there have been problems with email to addresses at judywebster.com.au. If you get an 'Undeliverable' error message, please forward it to whatever main and alternative addresses are shown on www.judywebster.com.au/about.html at that time. The address may include numbers, so type it carefully. For security, and to reduce spam, my Web site shows email addresses as images, not clickable links.
- 29 Jan: Added more names to the Interim Index (from miscellaneous sources). This index includes entries for children. Some were victims of crime. Others were witnesses at magisterial enquiries, and the original records include a signed deposition in which the witness explains his/her involvement. There are also entries (from Court records) for young women who applied for permission to marry but later changed their mind.
- 28 Jan: Added 1,500 names to the Illegitimate Index (from original records, other than a birth certificate, that name the father of an illegitimate child).
- 21 Jan: Added more names to the Insanity and Unsound Mind. I also added new options to the Research/Copying service.
- If you previously received emails from ChangeDetection (now defunct) when my Web pages changed, try VisualPing to see whether it suits you:
- Log in to VisualPing (opens in a new window).
- Enter the URL (www address) of the web page you want to monitor.
- Scroll down to 'Send notifications to' and enter your email address.
- Set the frequency. For 'Genealogy Discounts and Freebies' (www.judywebster.com.au/specials.html), select 'Every day'. For 'Talks' (www.judywebster.com.au/talks.html), select 'Every week'. For other pages on my site, 'Every month' should suffice.
- Click 'Advanced'.
- Click 'Visual-compare', then (from the dropdown list) 'TEXT-compare'.
- In 'Alert me only if these keywords', type in these keywords exactly as shown here (no space after 'Page'):
20 Oct 2018
- I've completed my 'in progress' indexes for mental asylum patients, and I've also indexed several additional sources. One source that I'd previously overlooked has (for about 1,000 people) details of the circumstances leading up to admission to a mental asylum (information that is often difficult to find). All of my existing 'insanity' indexes, plus 10,000 new entries, have been combined to create one huge index. The list is on my Web site as Insanity and Unsound Mind. Please read my explanatory notes very carefully. You may also be interested in the reasons for this change.
- Genealogy mini-guides: I now have three mini-guides available, and two of them have recently been updated.
- If you use Facebook and want to see my posts about family history, you now need to Like/Follow my Judy Webster Genealogy page (not my personal profile).
- Please note that for my free family history class at Redcliffe ('Not Just the Patient: How Hospital and Asylum Records Tell the Story of a Family'), bookings are essential. The last time I gave that presentation, many people missed out because they didn't book early.
- If (like me) you're unhappy about proposed changes to Australian marriage certificates (the removal of father's name, mother's maiden name, usual occupation and usual place of residence), please email the authorities by Sunday 28 Oct 2018, as explained in my latest edition of UpdatesGenie (opens in a new window).
- As I gradually wind down towards retirement, I need to decide which indexes and services to continue next year, and which to abandon. Your feedback will definitely influence my decision. From the list of indexing projects, click the links to see more details; then email your vote to (email address shown as an image).
8 Oct 2017
- Muttaburra Hospital admission registers: added patients' names from late 1928 and early 1929 (which are not in the index that I published in book form).
- Files about repayment of fares: added several names. Many applicants were travelling from one Australian State to another, but some were going to or from New Zealand, Canada, Britain, India etc. If you're researching someone who 'disappeared', these files may provide the clue you need.
- For a common name with multiple index entries, you want to exclude any that cannot be for your person with that name (eg, because the documents are too early or too late). For most of my indexes to historical records, I offer a service whereby you can check the approximate date and/or obtain the full source reference so you can do the research yourself. Look for these options under 'Copying Service' near the bottom of some Web pages with lists of names. Start at the page describing historical documents that I've indexed.
13 August 2017
- New page with names of neglected children. I also included a few orphans for whom there is information in sources other than orphanage records. Note that many children were sent to an orphanage when at least one parent was still alive.
- Prison records: more names added, and 2 links added to 'Other Suggestions' near the end of the page.
25 July 2016
16 Jun 2016
- I am updating my client records. If I have done research for you, or if you are/were on my mailing list, I invite you to contact me to confirm your preferred/alternative email addresses. Use this address (shown as an image): . I also invite expressions of interest in a new edition of my book Tips for Queensland Research.
- Birth indexes up to 1919 (not just mid-1916) for Queensland are now online (the article opens in a new window).
- The page Privacy, Copyright and Sharing: Tips for Genealogy has been updated with (1) a link to The Legal Genealogist's article 'Blurring the Lines', and (2) the National Genealogical Society's new guidelines for sharing information with others.
- More names added from my index to headstones on graves in Eulo cemetery.
9 Apr 2015
2 Sep 2014
20 July 2014
- There has been a huge amount of interest in my latest article, 'Use FreeBMD postems to find new relatives'. It describes a simple strategy that has worked for me, so if any of your relatives were born, married or died in England or Wales from 1837 onwards, it may work for you too.
16 Feb 2014
8 Dec 2013
- 'Links' page updated with new recommendations.
- I can now deliver some clients' research reports or document copies online via Dropbox.
29 Sep 2013
- Suggested Reading: I created a new Web page listing books / eBooks including genealogy guides, social histories and other background reading for family historians, and genealogical crime mysteries (fiction).
18 July 2013
5 July 2013
1 Jun 2013
- This site has had a makeover, and it has been expanded to 135 pages (plus my family tree). Note the 'Other suggestions' section near the bottom of many pages. Read the new site search tips.
- My Web site has been at www.judywebster.com.au (my own domain name) for more than a year, so the old site will cease to exist tomorrow. Please update your bookmarks. If you have a Web site or blog that links to my site, update those links so that your visitors do not get a 'page not found' error message.
- My 'Queensland Genealogy' blog now has a section (in the sidebar) called 'Categories' (BDMs, Hidden treasures, Indexes, People (names), Places, Sources, Tips, Warnings, Websites). Click a category to see a page with all posts on that topic. See also the complete list of keywords at the bottom of that page.
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